The big day is almost here, and for those looking forward to the next generation of communications hardware, this year's ITEXPO event is about ready to start. New reports suggest the already-stuffed event will have a little more going for it as it's joined by Versa Networks' senior director of product management Dogu Narin, who will be on several panel discussions about network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) systems.
First, Narin will be on a panel at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, in the Hot Topics in Tech and Communications track titled “Demystifying SD-WAN.” This program will address key issues in the SD-WAN space, providing a basic understanding of this powerful yet often misunderstood technology. Learning how to properly use an SD-WAN to improve agility and reduce complexity—as well as benefit from cost savings that such measures often introduce—while also addressing some key challenges often found therein will be front and center at this panel.
At the same time the next day, Narin will join the panel titled “How Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is Reshaping Managed Services in the 21st Century.” With managed service providers (MSPs) increasingly looking like little more than value-added resellers (VARs) thanks to the growing competition in the field, finding ways to further differentiate from the growing crowd is tougher than ever. NFV can be a big help on this front, thanks to its ability to step in and provide an easier, simpler, and thus more cost effective way of introducing new services ahead of the competition.
ITEXPO itself, meanwhile, will run from February 8 – 10 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. While running, the event will not only offer up a wide array of other panel discussions, but also exhibitions of products and networking opportunities.
There's no two ways about it: networking as a whole is rapidly changing, and not just in the obvious way of how there are more use cases for it than ever. The new tools emerging are changing the market in ways we could barely envision even five years ago, and trying to make sense of it all is no small task. That's why it's good to have some experts in the field like Narin talk about this sort of thing, to help us all get a better handle on what's changing and what our response to that change should be.
So no matter what segment of the networking scene you're from, there will likely be value afoot from studying the market more closely. Events like ITEXPO are tailor-made for such study, and being on hand for all the events available could help a company move rapidly into the next phase of the market.
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